Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat takes charge of his last game in management today as he looks to guide Feyenoord into Europe by beating Utrecht in the Dutch Play-off final – but one ex-Ger admits he’s heard that before” as he recalled Advocaat deciding to retire more than 15 years ago.
Craig Moore worked with Advocaat at Ibrox and German side Borussia Moenchengladbach and the Australian paid tribute to the Dutchman he feels he played his best football under.
Advocaat has managed 14 different clubs and six national teams over his 44 years in management, and Moore confessed he has had a “terrific impact” on the sport.
However, Moore isn’t convinced by his claims of retirement as he waxed lyrical about his former manager.
“I’ve heard that (he was retiring) before. I remember when I was at Gladbach. He said he was retiring then — in 2005,” Moore said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“And I think there have been quite a few times since then that he’s said he won’t take another job.
“Look, he’s a wonderful manager and a wonderful man. He was hard but he has had a terrific impact on football and been so successful.
“I still say to this day that once I earned his trust, he was the coach that I played my best football under. He pulled me off after 20 minutes of the first league game of the season against Kilmarnock because I made a mistake.
“It was a test — a test of character really. I was at a big club with a big manager who had certain expectations.”
Advocaat lifted two Scottish league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup during his time in Scotland – as well as denying Rangers UEFA Cup glory when he was Zenit St. Petersburg manager.
If this is the end of his career, there aren’t many who have had a career anything like Advocaat’s and the Little General’s influence at Ibrox remains to this day.